Amid heightened tensions with Russia, the US Navy announced Friday the re-establishment of the US Second Fleet which will be responsible for Naval forces along the East Coast and in the northern Atlantic Ocean.
The areas are seen as critical to counter the rising threat of Russia and the new US defense strategy that focuses more on great power rivalry, according to multiple US defense officials, Fox 40 News reports.
2nd Fleet’s 250 staff will have authority over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the U.S. East Coast and the North Atlantic. It will also have responsibilities for training and certifying combat units within this region before deployment elsewhere.
The command has been stood up once more in order to fulfill the Navy’s renewed focus on near-peer competitors. Over the last few years, Russian patrols in the North Atlantic have increased to levels last seen during the Cold War, and having a fleet-level command focused on the region will help the Navy to counterbalance this development.
“Although deeply consequential, the meaning of this establishment can be summarized simply as a dynamic response to a dynamic security environment, We first need to understand this competitive security environment and why it demands every ounce of our tenacity, ingenuity and fighting spirit. Then we can focus on the mission and how best to accomplish it; 2nd Fleet will enhance our capacity to maneuver and fight in the Atlantic, and as a result, help to maintain America’s maritime superiority that will lead to security, influence and prosperity for our nation.” ~ Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson
This was established back in August of 2018 and has been at the forefront opf the Trump administration and the U.S. Navy, with escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia, the need for the 2nd fleet and it’s dynamics are urgently needed at this time.
“Our sea control, our power projection — two vital elements of our national security — are being challenged by resurgent powers, namely Russia and China. We as a nation have not had to confront such peer competitors since the Cold War ended nearly three decades ago.” ~ Adm. Christopher Grady
The new command is intended bolster the U.S. Navy’s capability in the North Atlantic and counterbalance the rising levels of Russian activity in the region.
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